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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers, The 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0321819594
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About the Author

Martin Evening is a London-based advertising and fashion photographer and noted expert in both photography and digital imaging. In addition to being a bestselling author, Martin is sought after for speaking and lecturing and was inducted into the NAPP Photoshop Hall of Fame. He also works with the Photoshop and Lightroom engineering teams, consulting on new feature development and alpha and beta testing. He is one of the founding members of PixelGenius, a software design company producing automated production and creative plug-ins for Photoshop.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 681 pages
  • Publisher: Adobe Press; 1 edition (March 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321819594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321819598
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Conrad J. Obregon VINE VOICE on March 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
As is usually the case, Martin Evening and his publisher are the first to put out a new book about an Adobe image processing software product. This book came out on the same day as Lightroom 4.

The order of the book follows the way most folks would use Lightroom. There is an introduction to the program and all its functions, followed by chapters on importing photos; the library module; develop module image editing; the fine art of black and white; sharpening and noise reduction; exporting from Lightroom; printing; presenting your work (which includes the book, slideshow and web modules); managing your photos in Lightroom (which includes the map module); and an appendix on Lightroom preferences and settings. The book is quite comprehensive, pointing out almost every possible combination of key stroke, button or slider that can activate a Lightroom 4 function. (I say almost because I know of one keystroke combination that was missed; it's too unimportant to even mention!)

Evening does not present tutorials (although one can download images from the book's website to follow along in Lightroom). Instead the book is straight description with comprehensive illustrations and an occasional aside to indicate the author's preferences and uses, and despite the author's first-class writing, is dense. It is quite an embarrassment of riches. And for me that is the one downside of the book. For a new beginner, trying to learn Lightroom 4 from this book would be overwhelming, and I recommend waiting for "The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Book for Digital Photographers" by Scott Kelby (assuming it follows the method of instruction of his books on earlier Lightroom releases).
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I am really pained as to how to review this.

The content, like all of Evening's books is excellent. Five stars for sure.

The Kindle edition would require negative stars to properly rate. It is absolutely horrid. This is a book on photography and the sample images are hyper compressed to the point they are just a sea of artifacts. All of the samples in the sharpening chapter are therefore worthless. Everything looks like trash.

Next, this is about a graphical application and as such includes many screen shots, both small and large. The captions often include useful annotations that are complementary to the text. In a proper page layout this results in an easy to read flow as you can hop from the text, to the figure and back again easily. In flows of related figures both the text and figures can have a natural spatial flow. In Kindle's draconian linear arrangement this is not possible and the result is a broken and barely intelligible quagmire of text and figures in a willy nilly arrangement.

Most amateurish and ridiculous are key sequences. Being a book on a computer text there are lots of these, including option and alt keys a plenty. Here they are rendered as over pixelated blobs that worse still are not integrated in the text but instead occur by themselves preceded and followed by line breaks! This is insane! It is as if someone attacked the text with scissors and pasted together a ransom note.

Keep in mind this was viewed both on a Kindle device and on the iPad Kindle app and it looks like trash on both and is essentially unreadable.
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I bought Martin Evening's excellent book "The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers" for the same reason I bought is last manual for Lightroom 3: Martin is a great photographer who knows what photographers need in a software package, and he knows how to write about both photography and software.
I have used Lightroom since version 1, and even with years of experience using the program on a daily basis, I find that I really value Martin's book as a great quick-reference guide to new features. But it is more than that, of course; "The Adobe Lightroom 4 Book" offers great suggestions and help on workflow, post-processing and expanding and refining your creative process. There are loads of photos and illustrations and there is also an online component to this work that offers downloadable training videos and .pdf files as well as photos in lossy DNG format to download and use in exercises.
Another plus for me is that this is not an e-file or online resource; it's a book and as such, I can carry it with me to work and access it anytime I need it.
Martin Evening is a very knowledgeable and "patient" guide, and his writing style is clear and concise. You can be assured that he didn't "phone this book in"; the effort he has taken really shows, and I believe "The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Book: The Complete Guide for Photographers" is a fine resource.
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While this book contains a great deal of technical information that is valuable, at 700+ pages it is difficult to easily find what one is looking for. In addition, the book appears to be a rehash of the Lightroom 3 software with some new things added. There are several occasions where the author talks about using effects sliders in the Develop module, that are no longer present in the Lightroom 4 version. The book also appears to be based on the public beta version of Lightroom 4, not the final software. As a result, there are some sections that ended up in the final version of the software that are not covered in this book. An example would be the color section of the Lens Correction panel in the develop module. It was not in the beta version, but is in the final product.
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